Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies are the ultimate holiday treat! Rich and fudgy brownies infused with peppermint and espresso, drizzled with dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces dark chocolate for melting (I used Ghirardelli melting wafers)
Crushed peppermint candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking oil spray and line with parchment paper (this helps the parchment hold tight to the pan*).
In a large bowl, combine melted butter, vegetable oil, and sugar and whisk together until combined. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract to wet mixture, and whisk for about a minute until combined and lighter in color.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold in until just combined (do not overmix).
Pour and spread batter evenly into prepared pan in an even layer. Bake 30-35 minutes until brownies are set and not jiggly but still soft and fudgy in the center. If testing with a toothpick, the toothpick will come out slightly dirty, but keep in mind the brownies will continue to cook in the pan once they are out of the oven.
Once done, remove pan from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Brownies will be very gooey when they're warm.
Before serving, melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring between.
Lift brownies from pan and drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.
Enjoy with a tall glass of ice cold milk!
*I like to use parchment paper because I can remove the whole sheet of brownies from the baking pan then drizzle with chocolate and slice them. But, if you would prefer, you can simply spray your baking pan with cooking oil spray and skip the parchment.
Recipe by Modern Farmhouse Eats at http://www.modernfarmhouseeats.com/fudgy-peppermint-mocha-brownies/